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Death Penalty Opponents Relieved With Execution Stay

January 14, 1992

HARRISBURG (AP) _ Opponents of capital punishment were relieved the state Supreme Court stopped the execution of Henry P. Fahy, who was convicted of the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s 12-year-old niece.

They say the death penalty is cruel and inhumane no matter what crime was committed or what mode of execution is used.

″Executions themselves ought to be difficult for society to swallow,″ said Leigh Dingerson, executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, based in Washington, D.C.

Fahy, 34, of Philadelphia was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 10 p.m. today at the Rockview state prison in Bellefonte, Centre County. He was convicted in 1983 of murdering Nicolette ″Nicky″ Caserta in 1981.

He strangled her with his hands, T-shirt and finally an electric washing machine cord and stabbed her 18 times, 13 times in the heart, officials said. She was found by her stepfather lying in a pool of blood, still dressed in her parochial school uniform.

Fahy would, 6th graf

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